Worker dies after Port Tampa Bay construction accident, deputies say

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A construction worker at Port Tampa Bay died Wednesday after he was crushed by a 3,000-pound bundle of lumber, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said around 11 a.m. Wednesday, the man was helping clear an area for a forklift that was carrying two bundles of lumber. The forklift driver hit the brakes and the bundles rolled forward and fell off. According to deputies, “the first bundle clipped the worker, while the second bundle of lumber rolled over and crushed him.”

The man was taken to Tampa General Hospital, deputies said, and he was pronounced dead.

The Sheriff’s Office did not release the man’s name or age.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

This comes exactly two months after another workplace accident killed a construction worker at Port Tampa Bay.

On September 16, 27-year-old Brennen Wagoner was killed while working at the port when a concrete slab — also estimated to weigh around 3,000 pounds — fell on him, deputies said.

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